Writer: Colchester Dan
Date:Friday March 8 2013
Crewe defender Mark Ellis has admitted that the Alex will be arriving in Essex tomorrow looking for all three points to put a halt to a poor run of form that has seen them lose to both Portsmouth and Hartlepool in their last two outings.
It had been a positive time up until recently for the Gresty Road side who knocked out Coventry City over two legs to make the Wembley final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, but that form has turned a little sour just recently with only two league wins in nine.
Ellis knows that the run needs to come to an end sooner rather than later, though, and he told the club's official website that it needs to happen tomorrow.
'It's vital that we get three points after two losses on the bounce,' he admitted. 'The sooner we get rid of this run the better.
'Colchester are struggling though and we've just lost to two teams in the bottom four, so it will be tough for us but we know that we need those three points.'
The U's have been in good form recently with three successive clean sheets and five wins from the past nine matches, so Joe Dunne's side go into the game full of confidence against the Alex.
Dunne's men certainly won't be able to rest on any laurels tomorrow should they find themselves ahead, having surrendered a 2-0 lead at half-time in the reverse fixture back in November when the side will still looking comfortable.
But Ellis knows that the U's will continue to fight for their lives but points out that the visiting squad is in good spirits despite the run of form.
'Colchester will be fighting, the sides down there are battling whilst perhaps we haven't played as well as we should do. But there's been lots of energy in training and everyone has had a smile on their faces.
'There's been plenty of games where we've had to come back and dig out results, but perhaps we have to score first this time.'
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Date:Friday March 8 2013
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